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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Phyllis Galembo Face Mask Exhibit

Face Mask Illustration
llustration by Raquel Ramirez

“For many people all over the world now, creating and wearing face masks feels like a way they can reclaim some personal power during the pandemic,” said photographer Phyllis Galembo. (illustration by Raquel Ramirez)

Museum Show About African Mask-Making Traditions Takes on New Meanings at the Boca Raton Museum of Art

Phyllis Galembo: Maske

The large-scale photographs by Galembo capture the transformative power of the African masquerade. 

Her striking photographic series of contemporary mask rituals has drawn national and international critical acclaim.

For more than 30 years, Phyllis Galembo has traveled around the world to photograph participants in contemporary mask-making and masquerade events that range from traditional religious ceremonies to secular celebrations.

Ekpeyong Edet Dance Group, by Phyllis Galembo
Ekpeyong Edet Dance Group, by Phyllis Galembo. Etikpe Village, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome

Museum’s Education team announces new online activities and virtual tours for children, parents and people of all ages who are at home now. 

Extended until September 20 to allow more people to see this stunning photography exhibition in person, in anticipation of safe re-opening guidelines. 

As a new wave of mask-making creativity takes hold, the Museum’s education team has created new digital pathways for the public to enjoy online. 

These include mask-related online activities for families who are still at home, and video gallery tours for all ages. 

“Protective face masks aren’t just medical anymore, we can see on social media how they are becoming a part of fashion, of our cultural landscape. Ways that people can convey messages and reflect their own personality,” said the photographer Phyllis Galembo.

Her exhibition "Maske" has taken on new meanings after the pandemic made face masks part of our culture, and the museum has responded by making her show available online to people in quarantine at home.

Colorful Face masks
(Illustration by Raquel Ramirez)

“For many people all over the world now, creating and wearing masks feels like a way they can reclaim some personal power,” adds Phyllis Galembo

Galembo was born 1952 in New York, where she continues to live and work. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977, and is a Professor Emeritus at Albany, State University of New York since 1978.

Her photographs are included in numerous public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. She is represented by Axis Gallery.

Galembo's work has appeared in Tar Magazine, Damn Magazine, Photograph and Harpers. She has been profiled on CNN, NPR Radio and NBC Today. 

Other collections that feature her work include: Oceania and the Americas, Photography Study Collection (New York); the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Houston Museum of Art; the International Center for Photography (New York); the British Art Museum, Yale University; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; Polaroid Corporation (Boston); and the Rockefeller Foundation, among many others. 

Visit Boca Raton Museum of Art for more information.

Learn more about Phyllis Galembo at her website: http://galembo.com/

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